Ballet Sculpt - by Cat Woods - Myescape

Ballet Sculpt - by Cat Woods

by Suzy Stichbury December 13, 2015

Ballet Sculpt - by Cat Woods

My name is Cat and I teach BalletSculpt in Melbourne. Myescape has kindly requested that I share the benefits of the class with you, so here's why you ought to seek out a similar local class, or follow my tips to practice at home! The class is a combination of pilates, ballet and yoga moves. Don't be intimidated if you haven't ever tried any of these types of practice before.

The beauty of BalletSculpt is that however strong, flexible or aerobically fit you are, there are easy, moderate and advanced options that you can choose throughout class that will best suit your fitness level. We spend half the class doing standing work - sometimes with light weights (between 1 - 1.5kg), sometimes using purely body weight. The focus here is on balance, superior posture and sculpting the legs, abdominals, glutes and arm muscles in particular. It's amazing the difference that standing tall, shoulders pulled back and down the spine, neck long and belly braced makes to how confident and elegant you look. Try it now. Take a deep breath in through the nose to the base of your lungs, then purse your lips and exhale slowly.

The second half of the class focuses on matwork - abdominal, back and legs are our major focus. We try to keep flowing through the moves, maintaining timing and really concentrating on the muscles we're primarily trying to develop and train.

This concentration and mindful approach means we can really sculpt and tone the body, without the stress and exhaustion of a typical gym class. BalletSculpt is an ideal addition to your workout. I'm not suggesting that you do it INSTEAD of what you already do, but to enhance your strength and conditioning so that you can approach the rest of your exercise regime with greater body awareness and muscular endurance and stability! For this reason, it is fabulous for runners, boxers, snowboarders and footballers.

Here are some suggestions as to what you may need for a BalletSculpt Class: A pair of workout tights either long or 3/4 length are good to wear to a BalletSculpt class. Workout leggings are better than loose fitting pants for this gym class as you need to be able to see your leg positions and check you are doing the movements correctly.  I suggest wearing something like the Oscar Mimosa Emma 7/8 Tights from myescape.

A comfortable workout top made from performance fabric is a good option for a BalletSculpt class.  Again I recommend you get a top that is slightly more figure hugging than a loose fit workout top so that you can check your body position throughout class. I like the Running Bare Dutches Crossback Singlet from myescape as it is super comfortable and the fabrci is really breathable so I don't get too hot during class.

You can consider bringing your own yoga or pilates mat to class if the gym doesn't already provide them.  For BalletSculpt class I recommend a medium thickness mat such as the ecoYoga mat from myescape. Thanks to Cat (one of our myescape ambassadors) for this article. If you want to read more from Cat you can check out her blog: Core Integrity With Cat




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